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Reince Priebus, Former Trump Aide, to Speak at Duke

Reince Priebus, former chief of staff to President Donald Trump, will speak at Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 4.


Ways & Means: S3E2 - Robots, WikiLeaks & The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Each year, the U.S. State Department releases the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The report ranks how well or how poorly countries are tackling human trafficking. Duke professor Judith Kelley was studying the report's effectiveness when she stumbled on an unlikely source of help: the WikiLeaks documents. She found first-hand evidence that countries get really upset when they are ranked poorly. In fact, such a ranking can often cause a country to make change. Also: For years, tiny children were trafficked in the Middle East and forced to become camel jockeys. But a surprising new solution has been created: robotic camel jockeys.


#HumansofDukeSanford Alli Fisher (PPS'19)

Alli Fisher (PPS'19)

“I’m interested in the intersectionality of religion and policy, and how policy informs religious freedom. Especially in today's climate, I think it’s particularly important with our current presidency, Islamophobia, and things like that. I think evaluating the ways in which your religious freedoms affect other people is important. I personally define religious freedom as [allowing] for all people to be able to practice what they want without fear of repercussions or for their safety, like when people don’t want to admit their religious identity because of potential dangers, like with Islamophobia. Building on that, the right to exclude is very narrow. I think educating yourself is huge, because you don’t want that burden to fall on someone when it’s already hard to speak up in the first place, and learning more about other people’s beliefs will ultimately go back to that - to affecting our policies.


Pundits McArdle and Douthat Discuss State of GOP

Megan McArdle and Ross Douthat

“What’s bad for conservatism, for Republicans and the nation is good for us,” Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for The New York Times, said at the Sanford School on Wednesday night. He and Megan McArdle, a columnist for The Bloomberg View, discussed the state of the GOP and conservatism in the age of Trump. 


Uncle Terry saves the day

As a former governor, Terry Sanford often used his political skills during his tenure as Duke president, from 1970 to 1985. One of his best-known missives, the “Avuncular Letter,” was sent to the undergraduate students in 1984. At once humorous and chiding, effective but gentle, the letter, signed “Uncle Terry,” is a triumph of Sanford’s acumen. The story behind the letter, however, tells the tale of the long-standing problem facing Sanford, as well as the path it set toward the creation of what we now know as “Cameron Crazies.”


Journalists to Discuss the Future of Conservatism


Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will discuss the future of conservatism during a free, public event Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Duke University. McArdle said she and Douthat will discuss how the 2016 campaign and the election of President Trump represented an earthquake for Republicans and conservatives, opening up issues that had been thought closed, and revealing deep fissures between the party's base and  elites. 


New Evidence Shows that Regulating Underground Gun Market is Crucial for Reducing Gun Violence

Each year, gun homicides kill over ten thousand people in the United States. Most of these deaths are not the result of mass shootings, but rather, of more mundane attacks, including armed robberies and assaults. The latest issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences offers new empirical research on the underground gun market that supplies firearms to criminals. These studies shed important light on little-understood supply chains and provide a rich foundation for new policies to curb gun violence.


Rep. Schiff Highlights American Vulnerabilities to Election Interference

Rep. Adam Schiff

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff emphasized the necessity of remaining vigilant about threats to democracy at the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture Monday evening. His talk took place the same day two former campaign advisers to President Donald Trump were indicted in the ongoing Justice Department probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Schiff (D-Calif.) is the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is the midst of a separate high-profile investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He emphasized that his committee’s work has far-reaching implications.


Former Congressman Barney Frank Defends Pragmatism in Politics

Former Congressman Barney Frank’s talk at the Sanford School on Oct. 24 was a defense of the embattled art of political compromise. “No unrealized ideal ever fed a child, or provided medical care to someone who needs it,” he said. “The issue is when and how to be pragmatic.”


#HumansofDukeSanford Megan Yeh MPP'18

MPP student Megan Yeh

“I’m currently working on my readings for ethics. It’s for the MPP class. It’s really cool. Jay Pearson is the professor and he’s really great. I think he really contextualizes a lot of issues and also looks into the intersectionality of those issues. So things aren’t just isolated problems, they’re all interconnected. To be honest, I had never really considered public policy as something I wanted to pursue in graduate school. I was a history major in undergrad, I worked for 2 years in a AmeriCorps program in St. Louis city and I worked at a public high school in education and it kind of made me realize that a lot of the issues I was seeing with my students didn’t solely stem from problems within the education system but other things too such as their health, home life, and stress levels, and that was why they were having trouble. I looked into public policy, and I realized that I wanted to make more of a concrete change within the system in order to improve the lives of others.


Two MPP Students Named Margolis Scholars as Part of First Student Cohort

2017-2018 Margolis Scholars

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy today announced the first cohort of Margolis Scholars selected from exceptional candidates from the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the JD program at the Duke School of Law. The program will be expanded to graduate and professional students in other programs at Duke over the next two academic years.


Ways & Means Season 3 Premiere: Slum Detectives [podcast]

For our Season 3 premiere of Ways & Means, we begin a three-part series, New Ideas for Policy in the Developing World. In this episode, high-tech meets high-need. How researchers are using Google Earth to find the undocumented slums of India.